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Review of Tauranga Central Backpackers

Tauranga Central Backpackers
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Tauranga Central Backpackers
Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“DON'T STAY HERE”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2012

Gross, gross, gross. Smelly, dirty and not maintained at all. There was a bloody kleenex tucked into a crack in the tile in the shower and it stayed there the entire duration of our stay. The cost to stay at this disgusting location is appalling. There are many other great hostels in Tauranga, there is no reason to subject yourself to this place.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank CJvan
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 bubbles
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New Zealand
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2012

We booked the room through nakedsleep for 4 nights. When we first reach there, we thought the location is very convenient, but the impression went downhill from there.
1) The hostel is smelly, probably due to windowless rooms and its cleanliness issue
2) The kitchen is filthy as all the pots and pans are not cleaned
3) The water in the bathroom is clogged after shower
4) The place is always noisy even in the middle of the night!
5) There is no proper management. Even after we corrected them on their initial mistake on the number of nights we stay, they simply packed and threw out our luggage and belongings on the 3rd day and gave our room to others without bother to at least give us a call!!!!!!!!
6) We have to wash all our clothes as they have been thrown out but the washing machines is not washing properly and the dryer is not functioning at all, all they do is spin, we wasted our money on it and got back our dirty clothes WET!!!!
7) The management is dishonest, we are promised a complimentary night for the mistake by refunding us the money for a night but even after a month and calls to the manager and owner, we have yet to receive our refund!!!!!
It is the worst hostel we ever stayed in our entire trip in New Zealand!!!!! DO NOT STAY THERE AS THE PLACE IS JUST HORRIBLE!!!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank hyee
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Napier, New Zealand
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17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2012

it started from the time i booked in and dealt with the staff from behind the counter. I asked for ensuite room and paid extra but was shown a windowless room (RM 16) and no ensuite. the ventilation fan had years of dirt stuck to it and the vanes rattled the whole time. Next door is a vege market shop and the noise from the compressor on the refridgeration unit also woke me up during the night.
The reception area is attended between 9.30am and 9pm, this poses a challenge to get your key bond refunded if you checking out early.The staff are also a challenge when you do give the key back and there is not enough money in till to refund my $20 bond.
When i woke up next morning the power was out to the lights in room ,corridor and shower toilet areas......had to improvise and use cellphone to use bathroom toilet.
i know i will never return to this place ever again and it wasnt till i read other similar experiences i needed to share mine.
Linen was provided but i didnt use as i had no idea who else or what else had used it before me.
Didn't use kitchen or internet areas.
Not a place for families or going to toilet in barefeet...be warned!!!!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank rickoshay67
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2012

We stayed for four nights only - thank god! We booked a double rom with ensuite and got a windowless room with bunk beds (the one on the bottom only slightly bigger than the single), room had no windows, curse words and graffiti all over walls and beds frames, bedding was filthy, carpets stained and ripped up in places. The bathroom next door that was attached to our room was a disabled facility (something we didnt see because there was no sign on the door from our room to the bathroom), it had no lights in it and no windows and it was absolutely filthy. The drain in the bathroom also didnt work so the whole shower flooded - it was only then that the employee decided to barge into our locked room without knocking to shout at us for using what was supposed to be OUR en suite bathroom! No one had told us not to use it when we arrived. Staff were rude and absent for the majority of the time, the establishment also encourages 'telling on' other people in the hostel if they don't clean their dishes or the kitchen to the hostels standards (which seems ridiculous considering how disgusting and run down everything in the hostel was). The freezer in the kitchen was covered in mouldy, frozen stiff meat and fish that looked like it;d been there for years. Not to mention it was noisy to the point of being painful. There was also never any cleaning or maintenance in any of the shared bathrooms, no toilet roll for four days!!! Do not go here, it is just awful.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Shannon F
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Auckland
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2011

Cosy place to stay, very easy going people around... quite loud on the weekend. But all good..Recommended

Room Tip: Rooms with 4 beds are recommeded.Dont go tp 8 beds rooms, too noisy.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank maninder s
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Tauranga, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2011

no windows,Very rude Staff with their history of rental,internet and computer expenses which has been stick in front of the doors,it doesn't make sense at all when doing the business rather than explaining to customer that he cannot use internet for a long time for free would be the benefit...we don't need history to stay in a backpackers.rooms was very dirty ,no pillows and blankets in most of the rooms....i was there in this back packers for a few weeks since he promised that will get us the job but he didn't do as he promised.all end up with empty promises...Toilets and kitchen was very dirty ,no enough cutlery and bowls for noodles...no meat knife to cut the meat...no $2 dollars coins every time when i want to change the money for the internet...

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
4 Thank peter p
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2011

We stayed here as a group of 17. Not one person enjoyed their stay. From the outset, the clerk on the desk over undercharged my card, repeating the process 4 times, then overcharging me by $40, then coming to my room for more money.

The rooms themselves smelled musty and damp. No windows or ventilation made this worse.

The bathrooms were dirty, only one of 3 toilets in the men’s had a working light bulb and that wasn't the one with a working lock on the door.

The kitchen was dirty; we did not use it for that reason.

We were stood over whilst using the entertainment area by an overbearing manager and when we checked out we were refused a refund of our $120 door key bond, even though we returned all the keys. The reason given was that "You were too much work for me, I need extra money for your stay"

Honestly the worst place I have ever stayed will never return. It might be within your limited budget, but it's not worth it.

Room Tip: None of them have windows, or air.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
1 Thank Clinton R
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Property: Tauranga Central Backpackers
Address: 62/64 Willow Street, Tauranga 3110, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Tauranga
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Ranked #38 of 44 Specialty Lodging in Tauranga
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Number of rooms: 22
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